'Rick And Morty' Wins 2018 Emmy For Outstanding Animated Program
Rick and Morty has won the 2018 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program. In doing so it has become the first 'Adult Swim' comedy to win such a prize.
The show is the brainchild of Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland and follows the bizarre multi-dimensional misadventures of Morty Smith and his mad scientist Grandfather, Rick Sanchez.
Despite having won several awards before, including a Critic's Choice Award and an Annie Award, this is the first time that the show has taken home an Emmy.
The episode that was submitted for consideration to the Emmy panel was the third episode of the show's third season, entitled 'Pickle Rick'.
In a short acceptance speech, co-creator Roiland thanked his colleagues and said: "We didn't think we were going to win, so thank you to the Academy!"
In the backstage area after their win, he continued: "This is never a show that would be award-worthy" and that his favorite thing about winning was that "other people liked it."
The 2017 Award was won by Bob's Burgers, and the record for most wins in this category is - of course - The Simpsons.
Production on season four of Rick and Morty began this summer and will provide a huge number of episodes. Whereas season three only consisted of 10 episodes, the show has been renewed for at least 70 more.
At the time, Roiland said: "We're super excited that, for the first time ever, we're locked in, we know what the future is, we have job security,
"Harmon is in great spirits, we have a great writers' room. We want the episodes to stay good, but we do also want to try to turn them around a little quicker now that we have this big order, I think it gives us the ability to be faster."
"We're not going to do these long breaks, these chasms in between seasons anymore. We're going to schedule vacation time and just keep the machine going. It's going to be really cool."
Dan Harmon has warned fans to hold onto their grasp of reality for the fourth season. He told Emmy Magazine: "It's a show that can literally go anywhere and do anything,
"It has a boundless margin for nihilism; in other words, you can't go too far.
"Not only narratively, but also tonally, there is nothing off the table for the show."
"The team will develop, nurture and cultivate ideas, moments, conversations, jokes, stories, premises and swatches of dialogue, with no emphasis on any one aspect over another."
He continued: "The last thing I want is to be the guy who makes Rick and Morty sterile.
"We need to keep it fresh and continue to innovate."
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